500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Love, 'Alone Again Or'
Writer: Bryan MacLean
Producers: Arthur Lee, Bruce Botnick
Released: Jan. '68, Elektra
3 weeks; No. 99
The psychedelic cowboys of Love became famous for their dark, poetic L.A. folk rock. But "Alone Again Or," the opening track on the band's masterwork, Forever Changes, was written and partly sung by guitarist MacLean — who later left the band to join a Christian ministry — as a tribute to his mother's flamenco dancing. The final take is a decidedly trippy swirl of strings, horns and Spanish-style acoustic guitars.
Appears on: Forever Changes (Rhino)